With Christmas and the holiday season right around the corner, everyone is gearing up to get the festivities underway! Fizzy drinks, mince pies, and more bags of sweets than you can shake a stick at are sure to make their way into our day-to-day diets. This is a thoroughly enjoyable time of year -– but spare a thought for your teeth!
Constant snacking, drinking acidic liquids, and eating sugary foods over the holidays can create a miserable environment for teeth. The indulgent and tempting treats from Christmas Day to New Year’s Eve in particular mean that teeth are going to (potentially) be in harm’s way for an extended period of time. It is imperative to be extra vigilant with your oral health routine over the holidays. Remember: teeth are under attack for up to 1 hour after eating or drinking. As such, because it seems to ALWAYS be after eating and drinking during the holidays, your teeth do not get much time to recover. Not to sound like a Dental Grinch, but here are 5 ways to look after your oral health during the holidays and into the New Year:
Mince pies, fruitcake, and pudding are wonderful ways to finish off a traditional Christmas dinner. However, one thing they do not satisfy are your teeth. Being laden with dried, sugary fruit, pieces can stick to your teeth and cause damage – particularly if you gorge on them throughout the holidays, and neglect brushing.
The worst thing you can do during the holidays is “wrap up” your oral hygiene routine -— skipping oral care for a few nights in favour of staying up late, or falling into bed after a night of festivities. Teeth take a hammering during the holiday season with all the chocolates, cookies, and alcohol consumed. Christmas morning can be an exciting time for children, but if you are a parent, ensure that everyone takes that 2 minutes to brush their teeth –- it’s only 2 minutes, after all!
Cheese is great for teeth. It helps return the mouth to its natural acid balance, and helps reduce the chances of developing tooth decay. This is yet another reason why cheeseboards are such a great idea.
Many people can confess to attempting to open a bottle with their teeth at some point in their lives. This may seem like a quick and easy party trick, but it must be remembered that your teeth are not tools for this sort of thing! Using your teeth to open bottles and packages puts them at risk of serious harm. If you lose a tooth, it is important to get to an emergency dentist as soon as possible. With the right care, the tooth could be successfully put back into the socket.
Moderation is definitely the most important thing to remember. In order to ensure you fully enjoy this time of year, keep in mind that it isn’t how much sugar your teeth are exposed to, but how often, and how long you go between brushings.
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Mint Dentistry Queen West
Two free parking spots reserved for patients right in front of our door. Eastbound streetcar stop: Beaconsfield. Westbound: Abell.
Sat: 8am to 1pm once a month
Mint Dentistry Junction
The number 40 Junction bus runs every ten minutes or better and stops at Quebec Ave. both eastbound and westbound. One hour and three hour free parking often available on side streets.
Sat: 8am to 1pm once a month